Re: Driving in France after having lived in Switzerland for a year
Ok, apologies for being frank but: bloody hell OP get your ass down to the local 'Service cantonal des véhicules' and sort out a Swiss license. You don't have to give your Canadian one back, you don't have to take a test, it is all a formality and costs peanuts.
At least looking at the laws in Germany, you are presently required to have a valid driving license in the country of your residence - which you don't. You have a driving license, but it is not valid in your country of residence. There is disagreement on the interpretation and validity of this law, but at best we can argue that "we don't know" and thus you run the risk of driving without a license. The law itself makes sense, otherwise people living abroad (or with multiple passports) could afford to lose one or more licenses before being truly barred from driving. Hint, you don't need to have a Swiss license, just a license valid in Switzerland. Your Canadian license fulfilled this requirement for a year, now you just need to grab a Swiss license too.
Why risk a metric cr*pton of trouble for something as simple to sort out as this? Yes, most likely you won't get into an accident. If you do get into an accident, they most likely won't care about your license predicament. However, if the worst happens and you run someone over or hit a really expensive car, _every_single_ institution that would've most likely handwaved the whole business away will now take an extremely dim view on your case and no amount of "but the law doesn't make sense" will lessen the amount of bending-over-the-barrel you would receive.